I have said it before, but in case you don’t really get it: I like the television. I love the fantasy of some shows, the romance of others. But the best are the shows that make me talk back to the screen. (something that is almost forbidden in my den as there is a strictly enforced no talking rule)
There was a recent back page column in Entertainment Weekly (that I can’t seem to find the direct link to) about Ear TV vs. Eye TV. I am completely paraphrasing, but the gist is that there are some shows that you just have on while you read blogs or play The Sims- they just get your ear. And then there are shows that you need to be on the couch for- watching as live as you can- so that you can savor the new content as viscerally as possible. This is your Eye Tv (not to be confused with the Eye network, which is really only good for reruns of NCIS as far as I am concerned).
The Eye Tv shows are the ones you need to watch so that you can participate in lively break room conversations the next day or nod smugly as the morning news program of your choice breaks it down scene by scene.
In my house many shows don’t get watched until days after they air. Medium, for example, a show that airs live on a Monday might not get viewed until the weekend. Ditto for Biggest Loser as I never want to watch the show while I am having dinner. Shows like Psych and Monk, even some of the more complex Law & Orders also get saved for a Sunday afternoon loll.
But there are some shows that I need to watch as soon as the twenty minute allotment of commercial time has built up. (thank you DVR) These would be your Project Runways or your Lost episodes and most recently American Idol. Oh yes, I’ve got Idol fever. (just not sure who I am rooting for yet)
Last night’s episode was a tribe merge and at long last the boys & girls could sing together, or, you know, in alternating order. 2 hours of singing people. Ok, maybe it was 45 minutes of singing, 15 minutes of stupid banter/judging and 1 hour of commercials. (so many commercials I actually was forced to watch the last 6 minutes LIVE!)
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by a few of the contenders. People that I had sort of written off were suddenly wowing me (sadly, not Amanda). Of course I can’t be bothered to call in a vote at this stage of the game, but I can have an unofficial poll. Oh yes I can. Go here if you need a reminder of who is who.
*At some point remind me that I need to tell you how much I love this new Fox show called New Amsterdam. Seriously love.